In a few days we will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. In America we have so much for which to be grateful. God has blessed us as a fraternity, as a nation, as well as a family. We are able to wake each morning and greet a new day in good health. We are able to go where we want and do as we please—to church to worship, school to learn, or work to provide for the needs of our families.
We take so much for granted. Why are we free as a nation? It’s because we have a military who volunteers to leave family, businesses, and homes to defend our nation if necessary, so that we won’t be in bondage like so many other countries. Many of them have never known how wonderful it is to be free. Many of our men and women in Armed Services sacrifice so much for us. Some of them come home without limbs, blind, burned beyond recognition and others never see America again because they have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
Share Thanksgiving with others this year to show how much you appreciate what you have. Make a contribution to feed the homeless. Give them clothing to keep them warm in all kinds of weather. Many churches have ministries to donate food and clothing for the needy. They also need to hear and know that someone loves and cares for them.
And, above all, as you gather around a bounteous table of food with your families and friends, remember to thank God for His blessings and live a life of gratitude each day.
William B. Rogers